Flirty Author Bitches

It’s Christmas Eve! What Will You Read Tonight?

Readers, if you’re looking to spice up your holiday season, I’m sure you’ll want to check this list… twice!

Vanilla-Free Christmas

This Christmas, the best gifts are waiting for those who have been naughty…

And the toys under the tree are not for children. Sexy Santas, naughty elves, and dominant shifters are ready to spread some very kinky Christmas cheer. It’s a good thing the ladies in our stories are looking for anything but vanilla.

Check out this vanilla-free anthology: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/vanilla-free-christmas/

Holiday Romance Box Set: 3 Multicultural Novellas

Heat up those cold winter nights with three holiday-themed erotic romance novellas featuring a diverse range of characters!

Read an excerpt and buy from: http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/

Available as an ebook or in print!

Coming home means coming out…

This is a Christmas of firsts for girlfriends Maisie and Regan. Maisie hasn’t returned to their hometown since beginning her transition from male to female. Regan hasn’t spoken to her hard-drinking Cree father in twice that time. Will family drama, secrets, and new arrivals strengthen their bond or tear Regan and Maisie apart?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GOL8VXC

Ménage loving and chance encounters will make the holidays merry and bright and hot enough to keep out the cold. From a romp in Santa’s candy house to a dinner party where chains and collars are required attire, Christmas for these naughty men is going to be anything but vanilla.

Last year’s Christmas gem

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Albert Kennedy Trust, although my association with them started off for the daftest of reasons. I mean, as a huge fan of Archie Kennedy (from the Hornblower TV series) that name was always going to catch my eye. When I read about Albert, a runaway from a children’s home who fell to his death from the top of a car park in Manchester, having suffered rejection and abuse from the society he lived in, I decided I had to support the cause of getting GLBT youngsters off the streets and into supportive families.

I also got a few other books.. the first being Canal Street Gothic, by David Thame, in support of AKT. It was described as a collection of ten stories set in and around Manchester’s gay village revealing the gothic truths beneath the shiny surfaces of the twenty-first century city.

I enjoyed the first story, “Regulars”, so much I immediately re-read it, savouring the characterisations and noticing all the clues to the denouement I should have picked up first time. From then on, I made sure I read slowly and got the most out of each story; it was a real pleasure to read gay fiction which wasn’t just about sex and that had strong storylines. Like all anthologies, some of these stories are stronger than others, and the stand outs for me were “The Posh Bit of Stockport” and “The New Union” as well as the aforementioned “Regulars”. Overall, I’d recommend it whole heartedly, even if it wasn’t in support of charity, so the Albert Kennedy bit just has to be the deal clincher, doesn’t it?

New Year’s Kisses Party 2014

We’re seeking kisses for the 2014 New Year’s Kisses Party!

Last year’s event was a massive success, so we’ve decided to go for it again. This year’s event will be hosted by Tara Lain, Angel Payne, and Kay Berrisford.

Basically, we’re collecting kiss excerpts from as many romance and erotica books as we can. All pairings/ménage and heat levels are welcome. The kisses will be published at the party pages at our blogs between 31st December and 2nd January, and there will be a quiz and prizes to encourage everyone to read YOUR kiss.

If you’d like to take part, please send us a KISS EXCERPT from one of your books – anything from a few lines in the build up to a 500-600 word excerpt, any pairing or heat level.

Please email these to kayberrisford@yahoo.co.uk, with the excerpt as a .DOC, .DOCX, .TXT, .RTF, or .ODT attachment, no later than 22nd December. (Please don’t put your excerpt in the body of the email, as the formatting is often ruined, and we won’t necessarily know how to put it back again!)

Later, we will be asking for small donations toward the prize pot (via paypal) or ebook donations for prizes. This is NOT compulsory, but it all adds to the fun.

Holiday Season – Here We Come

Wishing everyone the best holidays ever! I hope you had a Happy Chanukah—or, as we said this year, Happy ThanksgivukkahMerry ChristmasHappy Winter Solstice! Joyous Kwanzaa! Happy New Year! Sending you the best regards as you’re gearing up to celebrate!

During this hectic time, how do you relax from all the shopping, decorating, baking and other seasonal activities? I hope you get the chance to kick back with a good book, the hot beverage of your choice and a gingerbread goodie or three. Here’s are two suggestions for fun reads when you do get a chance to relax—a sexy trilogy and a classic Christmas story.

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In each of the three sensuous contemporary Teach Him Tonight romances, a determined woman provides an essential lesson in love to a deserving guy. This often includes cool, delicious chocolate and hot, sweaty sex: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BOX5YEO

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Photo Finish:  Ambitious attorney Cassandra Harrell is primed to battle her hot, hunky opposing counsel Alex DeLuca—a.k.a. Alexander the Great—in the courtroom. Though she fantasizes about getting him into her bedroom, she’s determined to avoid this bad boy distraction and focus on her career.

Alex spots the author photo on the back cover of a steamy romance and recognizes Cassandra. Who knew the desirable but icy lawyer had such a fascinating sensuous side? When he teases her about the book at a deposition, she furiously denies any connection.

Her sister wrote the book and, for a prank, used Cassandra’s photo. Outraged at Alex for embarrassing her in front of clients, Cassandra plots a revenge lesson. This teacher comes out on top until her student raises the stakes—and the heat.

After Class: K.C. Corrigan’s book hit all the major best-seller lists. To celebrate this sweet victory, she contacts Todd Marek, the sexy teacher whose writing class she flunked. To her chagrin, he turns her down.

Todd considered K.C. a hot, talented writer—except she put too much romance in her writing. They disagreed, he failed her and she went on to huge success. Now he wants to distance himself from her. To keep his job, however, Todd has to convince K.C. to sign with the school’s agent. Todd’s not big on groveling.

Now that she’s successful, K.C. has lots of new “friends”. She doesn’t need aggro from the teacher who flunked her—and who also keeps showing up in her hottest fantasies. Much as she’d love to teach the teacher lessons in romance, Todd’s the slowest of learners—at first.

Happy Reading and Happiest of Holidays!

And the holiday season begins…

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time for the annual holiday blitz to begin. Every store will be playing carols. The television will bombard us all with commercials for the latest “it” toy. Frantic shopping will ensue.

Can you tell I’m a complete Grinch?

As much as I love Halloween, and Thanksgiving, I’m not a fan of the Christmas hoopla. I see commercialism and frustration where others see joy and magic. I hate the pressure to find the “perfect” gift.

You would think, then, that I’d also hate holiday stories and movies, but nope. I love them! Every year, I stock up on Christmas, Hanukkah, and Solstice themed gay romances. I gleefully view the animated versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as many times as I can. I’ve even written a couple of Christmas-themed stories. One, Lessons Learned, Wishes Earned, is available at Dreamspinner Press.

The other will be released by Loose Id early in December. It’s a re-release (formerly titled Fantasies: Christmas) called Fantasies: Strings Attached. I’m excited to be able to share the cover now. For readers like me, who love holiday stories but hate the cold, it takes place in Hawaii. 🙂

I need some Halloween mojo!

Six days until Halloween. There are palm trees outside my window and it’s 16 degrees out (that’s Celsius – I’ve lived in the states for 7 years now, and screw it, I’m going back to metric – it makes more sense!) Ever since moving to the US (Florida first, now California) I’ve had a lot of trouble getting into the fall/winter seasonal events like Halloween and Christmas. To me, Halloween is heralded by leaves changing colour, and then a crazy cold snap the day before trick-or-treating, requiring you to destroy your perfect costume by adding a bulky coat and/or snow pants. Christmas should involve snow and the potential for frostbite. Yet here, the time goes by in a season-less haze.

Aside from the occasional party, as an adult, I’ve never done much for Halloween. Usually the hubby and I go to a movie because I completely have no patience for handing out candy. But, I enjoy everything that goes with Halloween. I love scary movies, I love reading and writing paranormal books. And I was just taking a look at my “ideas” folder. Apparently my muse wants me to start writing some darker stuff, because here’s a sample:

Possible cannibalism
Ghost army
Dead body in passenger seat
Halloween Horror Nights (yes, standing in line at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights sparked an idea, one that I really, really like)
Dead body in cabinet
Futuristic slavery war
2 different ghost stories

And yeah, sure, there’s also the more innocuous files labelled “penis euphemisms,” “Christmas novella,” and “a cat named Bob Marley.” You’ll see Bob Marley in my upcoming release, as a matter of fact, in Pen Name – Doctor Chicken from Dreamspinner Press. So, I eventually get around to using my idea lists in books, but yeah, right now, the majority are dark, dark ideas.

Of course, ideally I’d like to write a Christmas novella or a dark, scary story when the environment around me supports that. I guess most authors end up writing their Christmas stories in June or something, and have to fake it. I do love living in California, but there’s something inspiring about the fall and winter that I feel I’ve lost. Damn you, California sunshine!

Any suggestions about how to get inspired for writing Christmas sweet or dark and scary books when in the land of perpetual sunshine? I mean, it barely even rains here!